The Lux Film Prize: A celebration of culture
The European Parliament's prestigious Lux Film Prize has been celebrating creative directors and films annually since 2007. For 12 years the films have been shown simultaneously across the continent from Nicosia to Cork. In Ireland the 2019 finalists were shown during the Cork Film Festival and in the Light House Cinema in Dublin.
The winning film, God exists, Her Name is Petrunya by Teona Mitevska, was screened at The Gate Cinema in Cork City on Tuesday 12 November. Mitevska's epic tale of a young unemployed woman who wins the race for the holy cross during the Orthodox ceremony of Epiphany narrowly beat The Realm (El Reino) by Rodrigo Sorogoyen and Cold Case Hammarskjold by Danish director Mads Brügger.
All three films were very well received across Europe and, thanks to the Light House Cinema and the European Parliament's long-standing partnership with the Cork Film Festival, were also able to capture a large Irish audience.
The films also received widespread media coverage. For example each film was reviewed by Stephen Porzio in Headstuff.org (see below):
The European Parliament's Lux Film Prize has shone a spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate. The Parliament believes that cinema, as a mass cultural medium, is an ideal platform for debate and reflection on Europe and its future.